Business Watch: June
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Keeping tabs on what's going on with businesses and the environment.
Slaughter and May is first SBTi-approved law firm
Slaughter and May is the first law firm to have emission reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
The targets aim to reduce the company's absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 from a 2018 base year, and to achieve net-zero – without the use of offsets – by 2042.
“We are committed to setting science-based targets in line with the reductions required to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C,“ said partner Jeff Twentyman.
Lotus and Centrica to 'redefine' EVs
Motor manufacturer Lotus and British Gas parent company Centrica will develop a new model for electric vehicle (EV) ownership that allows cars to store household electricity and cut emissions.
EV owners will also generate new income by providing services to the energy market under the plans, which Centrica said would “redefine“ the customer relationship with cars.
“We see a future where the customer, car and home are connected, enabling new services beyond charging the car, and new products and experiences,“ said Centrica Innovations vice president Carl Bayliss.
Greene King achieves zero-waste standard
Greene King is the first UK pub company to achieve the Carbon Trust's Zero Waste to Landfill Standard after diverting all of its 1,700 managed pubs' waste from landfill.
The company also revealed that there has been a 42% reduction in the number of general waste bins across its entire pub estate over five years, and that it would cut its food waste by 50% by 2030.
“The work undertaken by Greene King to achieve the Zero Waste to Landfill Standard sets a benchmark for the hospitality industry,“ said Carbon Trust managing director Hugh Jones.
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The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Southern Water for thousands of illegal raw sewage discharges that polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, resulting in a record £90m fine.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.